Photo: Wilson Valdez (infielder) pitches his first game in what would go on to be 19 innings.
In what some are calling the “Wildest Game of the Year,” the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds went 19 innings, in a game that lasted 6 hours, spanned two days, and saw an infielder become the winning pitcher.
As the game seemed as though it would last forever, fans at Citizens Bank Park took their chances at missing a surprise ending of Wednesday night’s game, and were heading home.
But those that left early missed infielder Wilson Valdez becoming the first position player to be the winning pitcher since Colorado Rockie’s catcher Brent Mayne in August of 2000.
This was Wilson’s first time pitching in a professional game, and he impressed everyone when his first pitch registered at 88 mph. Pitching in the 19th and final inning, Wilson retired the Red’s Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and pitcher, Carlos Fisher. It was a strange sit to see Wilson (an infielder) pitching to Fisher (a pitcher).
In the end, the 19 inning game started on Wednesday, ended on Thursday, and lasted 6 hours and 11 minutes. The final score was 5-4 Phillies, with Valdez ending the night with the game’s 601st pitch.
Valdez, 33, has been with the Phillies since 2010, and hails from Nizao, Peravia in the Dominican Republic.